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Lost Souls (Star Trek: Destiny #3)

4.27  ·  Rating details ·  2,014 Ratings  ·  135 Reviews
The soldiers of Armageddon are on the march, laying waste to worlds in their passage. An audacious plan could stop them forever, but it carries risks that one starship captain is unwilling to take. For Captain Jean-Luc Picard, defending the future has never been so important, or so personal -- and the wrong choice will cost him everything for which he has struggled and suf ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 440 pages
Published November 25th 2008 by Pocket Books (first published November 22nd 2008)
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The destiny of the Federation concludes!

This is the third novel in a “Star Trek” book trilogy named “Destiny”


Going into battle against great odds can be brave or noble – but going into battle without a plan is worse than futile, it’s wasteful.

A multinational fleet of almost 350 ships was forming a line of defense against the Borg at the Azure Nebula.

But, it was a futile action…

…a Borg armada of almost 7,500 cubes (Yes! You read right!) crossed through a sub
Nov 03, 2010 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Trekkies of all stripes
Shelves: sf-fantasy, star-trek
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Nov 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
A fitting ending to the trilogy.
Jan 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Jul 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The end of the Federation as we know it. While the three captains, Picard, Dax and Riker try to find a way to save the Federation from the onslaught that 7000 Borg cubes are about to unleash, a fourth story takes us in a different part of the galaxy, some 6000 years ago where we will find the answer to the question "Who are the Borg and how did they come to be?". It is a tale of survival against all odds, but above all else it's a tale of hunger, solitude, frustration, desire, longing to reunite ...more
Sep 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: star-trek
If you don't mind stories that are told in installments, particularly if you LIKE stories that are continued from one book to another without any attempt to make each book independantly readable, then consider this a five-star review; I dock it one star for having no beginning, but rather coming in in the middle of a story.

Even if you like that sort of thing, though, there are caveats to my rating; if you have not been keeping up with all of the various plotlines in the "Next Generation" series,
Jul 13, 2010 rated it really liked it
Destiny has been a great trilogy. Lost Souls is a lot better than the previous book. Maybe it's because there's a lot more action here and it focuses less on the people lost in time. Although the last book did leave with a great cliffhanger of thousands or Borg coming into Klingon, Federation, and Romulan space.

Speaking of which, Lost Souls has to do more with the Borg and their origins than anything else. Now while this might not be canon, it still made for a good story. Part of me wished it wa
Feb 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Aug 18, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I try to shy away from Star Trek books, since most are just so poorly written, but I tried my luck and was richly rewarded!

This entire trilogy is just awesome! It's Trek at it's best. Besides the typical trek writing, my other fear was "Oh great, another book about the borg, the Enterprise narrowly escaping and saving the day" but was pleasantly surprised that that wasn't the case (well of course to some degree it was LOL), and along the way, huge things happened that were just awesome.

If you're
Aug 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-trek-tng
The end of the Destiny trilogy. The Borg is invading the Federation, and nothing can stop them. It is a real page turning read. We find out the Borgs origin story, and it changes how the Borg is viewed. It's difficult to review without spoiling the book. You need to have read the other Destiny books to really enjoy this. A very good read.
Stephen Osborne
Sep 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
A worthy end to the trilogy. Origins and beginnings. Yes, it was easy to see where the bits set in the past were going, but there were still some surprises and great scenes. Considering the vast scale he was dealing with, Mack still managed to convey how the events effected the individual characters. And I must say, I loved the reunion of Troi and Riker.
Feb 23, 2011 rated it it was ok
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Mar 04, 2012 rated it did not like it
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Oh golly. No more Borg. Gone forever. Until we decide we want to try to sell books.

Why do I have "Shiny happy people holding hands" running through my head now? Because it turns out all the Borg needed was a big hug? Ugh.
Crystal Bensley
Jun 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Probably my favourite in the trilogy. Destiny did not disappoint!
Jul 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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The amazing conclusion to this excellent trilogy was, by far, the best Star Trek novel I've ever read, and among the best sci-fi I've ever read. The seemingly disparate storylines that went on throughout the trilogy were weaved together for a truly fascinating conclusion. We learn the origin of the Borg and the nature of the Queen, at least in the Litverse. I think that this is a much better story than anything screenwriters could come up with. I was glued to this book the entire time I read it, ...more
C.T. Phipps
Feb 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: star-trek
Note: This review goes into a VERY long digression on ethics in science fiction.

The planet-shattering, literally, conclusion to the Star Trek: Destiny story arc. The Borg have finally brought the entirety of their military assets to the Alpha Quadrant and are exterminating the whole of the Federation. Faced with oblivion on all sides and an Andromeda-esque ending as the best seeming outcome, our heroes must figure out a way to guarantee civilization's survival. Part of what has made Star Trek:
Preston Pendergraft
May 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wow, just awesome. I absolutely loved all 3 destiny books. I had not read of the Titan novels and was able to follow everything. These three books total may be some of the best Trek fiction. I have read all of the DS9r series and these are at least as good as them.
Nov 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This might be the best post-television Star Trek series yet.
Dec 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A good three book series. Non-canon as far as I know, but enjoyable none the less.
Oct 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I'm choosing to review all 3 books of the Star Trek: Destiny series as a single story, since that's how they're written; you can't just dive into book 3 without reading 1 or 2 and have any chance of knowing what's going on.

I picked up this series because I had read that it's the final word in the series-spanning thread of the story of The Borg. Turns out it is. I had also heard that this is as good a Star Trek series as there is to read for someone who had never explored this franchise in print
David Bradley
Dec 22, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As an introduction, I am a Star Trek fan who has never read a Star Trek novel before the Destiny trilogy. Someone who has read the other non-canon Star Trek books may have a difference experience.

This is the third book in the Destiny trilogy, so it makes little sense without having read Mere Mortals and Gods of Night. For Star Trek fans, the Destiny trilogy is a fantastic read. The action is tight, the mix of familiar characters and new characters (even non-canon species) provided a good blend
Maurice Jr.
Feb 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
An ending ad a new beginning.

After all these years, we have a resolution to the threat of the Borg, combined with the story of their origin. I've wondered for years where they came from and why they're so hostile, and now I have the answer.

The Enterprise, the Titan and the Aventine continue to work together to try and fend off the Borg's relentless attacks against the Federation by finding their staging ground and taking the fight to them. The Titan's discovery of New Erigol and the Caeliar gave
Lance Schonberg
Feb 14, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Star Trek Fans
Note: this short review will be attached to all three of the Star Trek: Destiny books, and I’m trying not to think about how long I’ve been putting this off.

Star Trek: Destiny is trilogy set in the expanded universe of post-Nemesis Star Trek. It involves, to varying degrees, the crew of the Enterprise, Titan, Aventine, and the NX-02 Columbia, as well as a few other viewpoints to give you a more wide ranging view of what is essentially a giant conflict.

The conflict? The Borg have decided that the
Mar 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Book 3 of the Destiny saga picks up right after that devastating cliffhanger from book two... The day that Captain Picard has dreaded for so long has arrived. The Borg are invading Federation Space en masse and this time they're interested in destruction rather than Asssimilation.

Lost Souls ties together elements from a lot of the previous Star Trek expanded universe novels, incorporating characters from Titan, DS9, TNG and Voyager. The crews of the E
Adam Czarnecki
Nov 17, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I read this trilogy when it first came out in 2008 and decided to go through it again since I've been in the mood for Star Trek lately. Unlike a lot of the pulpy "filler" Star Trek novels, this story is truly epic and continues the Next Generation-era narrative on after those movies ended. The story is largely about one thing: a final confrontation with the Borg, but it is full of small character moments and creative callbacks to things that happened on every incarnation of the show (in other wo ...more
John Kirk
Jul 14, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-trek
This was a solid ending to the trilogy, and it's fair to say that this will make a big impact on the Star Trek universe.

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Mar 07, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: novel, star-trek, sci-fi
David Mack skillfully wraps up the Destiny trilogy, establishing new paths for not only our major characters, but also the Federation more of a focus on fewer characters, maybe skipping things like the budding relationship between (view spoiler).

As I've mentioned in previous reviews, the big thing I'm interested in in these novels is how they portray my favourite female characters who got a bit more short shrift in the series. Having finished the Destin
Jul 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This concludes the Star Trek Destiny trilogy and is one of the best Star Trek novels, period. Given the dark tone established in the previous two books, this one steps it up even more. "Lost Souls" is the exciting culmination of the Caeliar, Captain Hernandez, and the Borg. In this novel, we see the origins of the Borg, and humanity's influence in it, the next "Evolution" of the Caeliar, and the ultimate fate of a number of Star Trek worlds and characters. If this book were canon, it would radic ...more
Robert Bram
Aug 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
My main sticking point is that Voyager got short shrift here. Seven, Chakotay and plenty of other big characters were left out or given so little attention that they were just shadows. All of their interactions felt tacked on: the story would have been exactly the same had they been left out.

One of the things I enjoyed most about the writing was the inclusiveness of it: so many races, what felt like a good mix of female and male characters, all getting in a bit of kick ass action. I grew to appr
Apr 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
Everything readers have been waiting for happens here, including the revelation that I had seen coming from the very beginning, which brought about not a "wow" of surprise but a relieved exclamation of, "Finally!" I find it hard to believe that some of the characters involved really wouldn't have worked out the connections between history and current events, but otherwise I read the book cover to cover without really wanting to find a time to put it down.

The end of the series drastically changes
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David Mack is the New York Times bestselling author of more than thirty novels of science-fiction, fantasy, and adventure, including the Star Trek Destiny and Cold Equations trilogies.

Beyond novels, Mack's writing credits span several media, including television (for produced episodes of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine), film, and comic books.

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Star Trek: Destiny (3 books)
  • Gods of Night (Star Trek: Destiny #1)
  • Mere Mortals (Star Trek: Destiny #2)